Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was very outspoken during the lockout, but now that it's time to stop talking and start playing, he knows his team will rely on him heavily to make a run during the hectic shortened season.
Lindy Ruff has already stated that he expects Miller to take most of the workload and that he anticipates Miller will start 36-38 games this season. Leaving about a dozen games for backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth to work with. Miller is used to the heavy workload, however, Enroth will have to prove himself to be a reliable backup. Enroth struggled last season after a promising start, Enroth lost his last 11 starts last season, posting a dismal 0-8-3 record during that stretch. Enroth's record of 8-11-4 last season simply was not good enough, especially after Miller was sidelined for nine games with a concussion and whiplash after a cheap shot from Boston's Milan Lucic.
For Buffalo, goaltending has always been the backbone. If the goaltending isn't good, the team usually follows suit. It's clear that if the Sabres expect to make the playoffs with the 48-game schedule, they will need both Miller and Enroth to have a better season than last season.
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